Fighting mycotoxins: an unseen enemy

How do you fight an enemy of which you are unaware? By ensuring you are prepared for the attack when it comes and being able to recognise the warning signs ahead of it. When we’re talking about silage, the unseen enemy we are fighting is mycotoxins. Before you roll your eyes, give me chance to…

Strategic mineral management for extraordinary efficiencies

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines extraordinary as “going beyond what is customary or usual”. In terms of herd health basics, we tend to focus on ensuring that cows are receiving enough vitamin and mineral supplementation to support a healthy and optimally functioning immune system. This is the basis of mineral nutrition and it has worked wonders…

Minerals – essential or excessive?

It is easy to be on top of the things we see every day, but the things that aren’t written on a list or marked with a Post-It easily slip our mind. Unfortunately, trace minerals and vitamins are pretty much out of sight and out of mind until they force their way to the top…

Strategic decisions for better returns: The four Rs

Strategic decision-making

Dairy systems have always and continue to fascinate me for the simple reason that they are incredibly complex, and no problem ever has a simple solution. Combined with the hundreds of different products on the market that farmers are bombarded with daily serves to only create more confusion. How do we cut through all the…

The golden circle of resilence

Tough times don’t last – tough people do! Our world-renowned work ethic is one of our most proudly South African traits. Our willingness to work hard and our resilience under difficult circumstances make us unique, and these traits are invaluable when it comes to dairy farming. Conditions on the farm rarely stay the same, with…

Ramp up your efforts to improve calf development

calf development connection

Dairy calves and steam-up cows are where farmers really get a chance to change the future of their herd. These two life stages are crucial and, while the importance of excellent nutrition for both stages is well known, not many people understand the full benefits that can be achieved if you ramp up your efforts…